Why We Should Care About Leonardo DiCaprio’s Oscar Acceptance Speech

We are in the midst of the Anthropocene, a time in Earth’s history when species are going extinct at an accelerated rate, our climate is changing rapidly, and our ocean’s, reefs, rivers and forests are in turmoil. Though, there is time to curb some of the destructive momentum that has been gained over the last 100 years in particular.

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Last night, Leonardo DiCaprio, a staunch environmental advocate and NRDC Board of Trustees Member, won his first Oscar for Best Actor in a leading role, an accolade that not only acknowledged his landmark performance but also afforded an opportunity to illuminate the importance of mindful action in the face climate change.

In Leonardo’s own words: “And lastly I just want to say this: Making The Revenant was about man’s relationship to the natural world. A world that we collectively felt in 2015 as the hottest year in recorded history. Our production needed to move to the southern tip of this planet just to be able to find snow. Climate change is real, it is happening right now. It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating. We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people out there who would be most affected by this. For our children’s children, and for those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed. I thank you all for this amazing award tonight. Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted. Thank you so very much.”

To read the full transcript and Oscar article, click here.

To learn more about the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, click here.

Mission Statement: The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation is dedicated to the long-term health and wellbeing of all Earth’s inhabitants. Through collaborative partnerships, we support innovative projects that protect vulnerable wildlife from extinction, while restoring balance to threatened ecosystems and communities.

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